T. H. Baker’s 1st birthday Event

Since the new Grand central has been re vamped and opened I have been in there once which was with a friend, so was super excited when I was invited along to T.H.Baker’s first birthday event at the grand central shop.

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The event took place on Thursday evening from 7pm – 10pm.  It was help at the perfect time so I could attend after work.  I left work at 6pm and wondered over to grand central for the event, When I arrived I had a wonder round to find where I had to go later on, I found it quite easily.

I arrived on time and waited outside to meet up with the lovely Emma from Fashion Mommy and her sister.

We were greeted with glasses of Champagne and cocktails, while we were left to browse round all their gorgeous shiny jewellery.

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The shop was done out to a very high standard and was filled with lot of gorgeous jewellery, I do love a bit of bling.

They also sell pre owned pieces of jewellery such as rings, I could have spent hours in their browsing through all of it and spending a fortune.

My eyes caught sight of the most gorgeous chandelier I have ever seen, if my house was big enough,  oh how I would love it hanging from my ceilings.

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I chatted to members of the staff and many other bloggers, it was nice to meet them in real life, instead of just reading their posts.

Time just flew past with all the excitement and chatting and it was time to leave and head home.

When I’m next looking for jewellery I would be sure to visit T H Bakers.

* I attended this event free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.

The Essential Elements of a Marriage Proposal

Proposing to your partner, whether they’re a man or a woman, can be anything you want it to be. Some people plan elaborate occasions and even invite friends and family to watch. Others propose over a glass of wine on the sofa at home. Sometimes a proposal might be meticulously planned, while other times it’s spontaneous. However, much of the time there is some planning involved. There are some key elements to most proposals if you’re planning a romantic affair. Think carefully about the things below before you decide on the big moment.

The Answer

Proposals can be brilliant surprises, but there’s one thing you don’t want to be a surprise. Asking someone to marry you and having them say no is not going to be great for your relationship. Even if you’re pretty sure your partner will say yes, you need to be approaching 100% certain, if not actually there. The main thing to remember is that you should have discussed marriage before. If you’ve never mentioned it and talked about your feelings relating to it, it’s not a great time to propose. You should know about each other’s feelings on marriage in general and in relation to each other.

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The Location

If you’re certain the proposal is a good idea, you need to consider when and where to do it. The location is a lot more important than some people think. It doesn’t have to be on top of the Eiffel Tower or by the Grand Canyon. In fact, the main thing to think about is how public it is. There are many people who would hate a public proposal and feel like they’ve been put on the spot. Even if they definitely say yes, they may not want to have witnesses to their answer. Before you choose a public place or invite anyone else to watch, think about how your partner will feel.

The Ring

For some couples, an engagement ring (or rings) is no longer important. However, many still want to have a ring for one or both of them. When it comes to proposals, the ring can be a surprise or it can be something the couple chooses together. You can browse sites like Tacori or go shopping for rings in person. If you’re buying a surprise ring, you need to tread carefully. You might know your partner’s tastes very well. However, if you don’t, you could ask for hints, either from them or from their friends.

The Words

What you say when you propose could be the most important part. However, for some couples, it’s everything else that matters more. A simple “will you marry me?” is all you really need. But you might want to come up with some other words to say, to elaborate on your reasons for proposing. You don’t necessarily have to come up with a rehearsed speech, though. Just say what comes naturally and leave the rest for the wedding.

Your proposal doesn’t have to follow a set formula, but there are still some issues you can consider. You should create an experience you’re both happy with.

Why Exotic Pets Bring Challenges – And How To Live Up To Them!

It’s often said that we Brits are a nation of animal lovers. Which is probably true, but is also a little weird. There aren’t many nations across the world where people don’t keep pets. However, one thing that is true is that we spend a lot of money on our pets. Survey after survey shows that we spend, as a nation, billions of pounds a year looking after them. And we don’t resent a penny.

One thing that is even more interesting is the wide range of pets that are kept in homes. Walk into any vet surgery around the country, and there’ll be price lists on the wall for treatment of various pets. Dogs, of course. Cats, yes. Rabbits and guinea pigs, naturally. But read further down, and you’ll see more and more exotic ones. Including an increasingly wide range of exotic birds.

If we’re a nation of animal lovers, it’s a broad and all-encompassing love. We love our cats and dogs, and food is widely available for them in supermarkets and local stores. But walk into a supermarket and ask where they keep the parrot food – they’ll look at you as though your words had been spoken by the parrot itself. You need to go further and wider to find the right stuff.

Why It’s Harder To Look After Exotic Pets

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You’ll remember clearly the moment you saw a hand raised Eclectus for sale. The excitement of knowing that you could have one of nature’s most colourful, entertaining birds in your home. The determination to get it before anyone else swooped in. The dawning realisation that it wasn’t going to be child’s play to look after it. If you live near to a large pet store it’s a bit easier – but a lot of us spend hours comparison shopping to find the right items online. If it’s worth paying for a pet, it’s worth paying for the right items to look after it.

Why We Love Exotic Birds

Parrots are a favourite pet for many reasons, not least their colourful plumage. Shades of blue, red and orange that you’re just not going to get with a cat. Unless you dye it – and good luck with that, because they won’t be happy with you.

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Added to that, there’s the talking thing. It never stops being amusing when a parrot picks up on something you’ve said. And keeps repeating it – so just make sure you don’t gossip too much when the parrot is within earshot.

What Do They Eat?

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Although a lot of people will treat their birds like domestic garden birds and feed them seed, most parrots will not be keen on this. In the wild, they are arboreal creatures and prefer fruit and nuts. Pay heed – you may be tempted to buy rejected fruit from a local grocer. If you want your eclectus to thrive you should be feeding it fruit you’d be happy to eat yourself.

Exotic, exciting birds make excellent pets, as long as you are prepared to put the work in to look after them. They may not be as welcoming when you come home from work, but they’ll certainly know who you are. And if you care for them well, they’ll come to love you too.

Keep The Little Ones Happy: Easy Ways To Make Your Bathroom More Kid-Friendly

It’s always hard to make sure your bathroom is perfect for little kids. After all, there is so much they can harm themselves on in the room. And on top of this, you need the bathroom to be fun to get them to use it! And even if you haven’t got your own child, you want the room to be safe and fun for when you have nieces and nephews over to stay! Therefore, here are some easy ways you can make your bathroom more kid-friendly to keep little ones happy.

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Invest in some non-slip mats

It’s so easy for kids to have slips in the bathroom which cause a trip to A&E. Therefore, you need to prevent this by getting some non-slips mats for your bathroom. They should be placed right next to areas that get wet easily such as next to the bath and shower. As this feature says, a good non-slip mat should have suction cups to prevent the mat from sliding across the floor once the little one steps on it. That way, they won’t end up face planting the floor once leaving the shower. Just make sure you regularly give it a clean, so no mould ends up growing on there.

Choose a secure shower enclosure

It’s also so important that you choose a secure shower enclosure that kids can use in your home. After all, that stylish one with the complicated door movement might be good for you, but it certainly won’t be good for little ones. They could end up getting stuck in the shower or even end up hurting themselves on the door. Therefore, you need to choose a modern shower with smooth closing doors. That way, they can get in and out as necessary. You might even want to go for a walk-in shower. That way, it’s the same level as the bathroom floor, and they are less likely to slip and hurt themselves. You can find a good range of shower cubicles online such as dilusso enclosures.

Keep products away in cupboards

A lot of people have so many skin and hair products in their bathroom. But if it gets into a little one’s hand, it could lead to danger. After all, they might not understand it’s not edible and could end up swallowing some shower gel by mistake. Therefore, to make your bathroom more child-friendly, you should put all potential hazard items away in the cupboard. That way, they won’t be able to get their hands on the item and get sick because of you! Remember it’s not just lotions; razors and scissors need to be put away for safe keeping too in the bathroom!

Add some fun accessories

If you want to make your bathroom more kid-friendly, you need to add some fun accessories. And we’re not just talking about adding a rubber duck to your tub (although that is a must). You should add some brightly coloured towels and fun artwork to the room. You can even find some great tablet holders so that kids can watch their favourite cartoon while they are in the bath!

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And you can check out my previous blog on ways to make your bathroom perfect with little stress.

3 Amazing Destinations For The Perfect Family Holiday

Getting the family together for a trip abroad can be a lot of fun. In our busy day-to-day lives, we often don’t get to see even our immediate family all too often. Plus, when we do, we are often reeling from the stresses of work and childcare, which doesn’t make the time spent together what most would class as ‘quality time’. Going on holiday together gets rid of this problem completely. You’ve got all the time in the world to relax, and there’s plenty of fun and exciting things to do together. But when you’ve got a big family that includes lots of children, knowing where to go can be the first of your problems. There are plenty of resorts that cater for children but aren’t so great if you don’t like being woken up at 8 every day by an entertainer. On the flip side, booking a luxury spa will only mean that you have to deal with ‘x amount’ of very bored children. Choosing somewhere that appeals to everyone can mean you end up with a family holiday to remember.

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America

America is a perfect option if your children are quite young or if it is their first time abroad. There is the added benefit of having no language barrier, which should help them feel comfortable from the start. Of course, there is always the long-haul plane journey to deal with – which as any parent will tell you, isn’t that fun when you have kids! Plus, you will need to make sure you have all your documentation in order by visiting www.official-esta.com. Once you are there, both children and adults alike will love the hot climate and the huge amounts of entertainment. Visiting Disneyworld and Universal Studios are a must on a trip to the US with kids.

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Spain

Or, to be precise, the Spanish coastline. Both the Costa Blanca and the Costa Del Sol provide perfect spots for family holidays, although perhaps ones with slightly older children. There are plenty of cultural attractions to visit, and the beach in itself can provide hours of entertainment for children. Be sure to stock up on inflatable dinghies and floats to help your children stay safe in the sea. This also gives you the perfect chance to relax with the adults and enjoy some ‘me’ time. Another advantage of this area of Spain is that food and drink are both relatively cheap, meaning your summer holiday doesn’t have to break the bank.

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India

If you are looking for something a little more exotic, why not consider a family holiday to India? Sure, it may not be the top of everyone’s list when you think of kid-friendly holidays. But with vibrant cultural attractions, stunning scenery and great food, it will be an experience to remember. The kids will be amazed by mystical temples and the hustle and bustle of major cities like Delhi. India is a great way to introduce children to other cultures. Plus, many resorts are used to catering for British tourists, so you will still be able to have certain home comforts.

Get More Involved With The Food You Eat – Tasty Growing And Cooking Tips At Home

If you ever worry about the price of food or even where it comes from, now could be the time to be more proactive about it. The cost of food will continue to increase as Brexit takes hold. More of it will need to be sourced from the British Isles, but this could make some of our favourites harder to source off season. So what can you do about it? Why not have a go at growing your own?

When certain foods are out of season, powered greenhouses need to pick up the slack. This does increase the cost. The alternative is to import the produce. You could grow your own, which might prove a little costly on your time and energy. The alternative is to eat seasonally. If strawberries and oranges aren’t in season, pick apples that will be ready in late autumn and can be stored in the freezer. Frozen summer fruits could work quite well too. Buy them when they’re cheap, fill the freezer and enjoy all year round.

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Growing at home requires good soil and regular weeding or pest control. This can become a fun hobby, and eating from your garden is wonderful. You will need to hone in on some seasonal recipes to enjoy your crops. Why not sell your excess produce to create a little income stream? When you’re cooking from your garden, be sure to give everything a thorough wash. And if you’re growing organically, it could all be much healthier too.

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Some foods that are easier to grow at home can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. The British climate is great for root vegetables, but they can all become a bit samey. Some veggies that you can grow can be used to make fat-free sponge cakes. Courgettes and beets have become popular for that. You can sweeten with something like the miracle berry tablets to create healthy cakes that are low in fat and calories. And some of the ingredients could come straight from your garden!

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It’s not always easy to find the time to prepare your garden for growing. Why not build a simple raised bed? You can then add good soil ready for growing. Once you have planted your vegetables and fruits, you will need to keep the slugs and snails away. They are quite adept at climbing up the raised beds. However, you can make it less appealing by sprinkling something coarse like sand around the base. Cover with netting to keep the birds away too.

Don’t forget, you can grow your favourite herbs at home too. Some people like pots on the window sill. Others have a little-sheltered area outside the back door. Lettuces can be grown in a similar way. And why not grow your strawberries from hanging baskets next to the door? Pick and eat as you come home from work (after washing, of course). The best thing about all this is you can get the kids in your family involved too. It’s a great activity to do with the children, and it’s a fun way to spend time together. Bon Appetite.

Finding Your Strength When A Loved One Is Hurt

When you have children in your life, you will do anything for them. Even if you’re not the parent, aunties and uncles can bond closely too. You wouldn’t dream of turning your back if the little ones were poorly. You would be there to support the parent and take care of the kids too. Family is perhaps the most important part of all our lives. Which is why aunties and uncles need to step up and be strong if one of those loved ones gets hurt.

If anything ever happened to hurt one of the kids in your family, you would be pretty upset. The parent would be devastated and would probably need you to be there for support. When children are hurt in an accident, it can be one of the most awful things you’ll need to deal with. So where do you find the strength to cope and provide the support to the rest of the family?

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Parents struggle to see things clearly when one of their own kids is hurt. This is where you need to step in because they can’t step back. Make sure the other children in the family have full-time care. You can do this yourself if you can spare the time from work, or arrange a reliable minder. Simple things such as checking everyone is getting enough sleep and food is so essential. These are the basic things that can be overlooked when you’re dealing with your injured child.

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If Mum or Dad are busy tending to their little one, make sure everything is carefully documented along the way. They will need to consider making a claim for compensation in the near future to cover the cost of losses and treatment. Photos and copies of documents should be carefully collated. Keep notes on conversations had with the third parties or doctors involved. This is especially important when you’re dealing with a head injury, according to specialist lawyers ASB Aspire. Kids are very good at bouncing back to full health, but a knock to the skull can make it a long road to recovery. It can be important to claim for the help you’ll all need.

As your niece or nephew begins to recover, your input will still be vital. You can read books with them, and play fun games to keep them occupied. Spending extra time with them can be very much appreciated. It can also give Mum and Dad that much needed break to get some rest of their own. Perhaps you can bring round a meal for everyone once or twice a week? Can you tackle the ironing? Maybe you can just lend a friendly shoulder and ear.

It is so hard to see a loved one in pain through injury or illness. These are the times that we rely on extended members of the family to step up, show strength, and keep things going in our lives. It’s not easy, but aunts have pretty awesome skills that can be drawn upon to help make things right again.

‘Be my bear’ Review

I have always, ever since I was a little girl loved teddies, My mum and dad brought me a big brown bear when I was 2 and he was bigger than me, I still have him to this day, but my nephew Jack took a liking to him so I said he could look after him for me.

My nephew has also always loved teddies since he was little too, I think it is an essential part of their development in life that every child has a special teddy as they grow up.

When bemybear got in contact and offered me the opportunity to review one of their sets I couldn’t resist.

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In our kit we were sent there was:

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  • 1 x Ping Panda Kit 16″ – Retail price of £9.95
  • 1 x Halloween Pumpkin outfit 12/16″ – Retail price £8.99
  • 1 x Teddy Bear passport  – Retail price £4.00

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Jack couldn’t wait to start making his Ping the panda, we put the items on the table ready.

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I started by helping pulling the stuffing apart so Jack could put it in the arms and legs of the panda as he had the smallest hands.  We made sure we put enough stuffing in the arms and legs that he was super squiddy and huggable but not to firm.

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One of the last things we had to do was for Jack to make a wish with the little star and pop it inside Ping the panda and then stitch him up.

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He kept the wish secret, so it would come true.

Once Jack had finished making his wish it was time to stitch up panda and get him dress up in his outfit ready for halloween coming up.

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How cute is our little Ping the panda, Can I keep him instead please?

Then it was finally time to get him dressed

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Our finished and dressed Ping the panda.

Jack absolutely loved making Ping and he now goes everywhere with him.

These would make fantastic present for any kids, and I don’t think the price is too bad either.

* We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

 

Comma Sense: Advice For Students And Academics Living In Major Cities

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Whether you’re going to university yourself or have a child or relative who’s just starting off on their big adventure, there are a few things that every soon-to-be student should know. Especially if they’re considering a university in a large city. From preparing to leave home and moving into your new place, to socialising and knowing the right places to go. You’re going to have to do a lot of research on your new home, educational institution and general lifestyle.

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Common Sense

It’s easy to get lost in books. But it’s important that you use your common sense as much as your academic skills. Get to know where you live. Find out safe spots and crime hot spots. Be wise when it comes to working out routes home, be it from your seminars or a night out. Work out the cheapest way to do your food shopping. Is it cheaper to get it delivered or take public transport to the shops and back? Know your rights as a tenant and don’t let your landlord take advantage of you or exploit you.

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Accommodation

Major Cities are pricey. They’re renowned for high rent rates for notoriously small spaces when it comes to accommodation. Landlords know that students need a place to live and will take full advantage of this. Accommodation in student areas will be just as expensive as anywhere else in the big city. Contact your university’s accommodation department and request information on the best places for a student to live during their studies. Some institutions will have their accommodation at more reasonable prices than private renting. It is advisable to house share while you’re studying too. Studio apartments and one bedroom flats are hard to come by. When they do surface, they are often extortionately priced or poorly maintained. Arrange a house share with people you already know. If you are completely new to the area, there are sites that bring together students looking for housemates.

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Moving In

Moving in is going to be difficult. Especially if you don’t have your transport. Lugging large belongings on public transport is a feat in itself. Buses, the tube, trams and overground rail services are always relatively busy. At peak times, they are packed. It can be stressful enough getting on and off public transport without trying to carry your life’s belongings with you. If you are driving, or have a lift, you will incur charges if you are travelling through congestion zones. The solution? Pack light. Only take what you need. You can buy little things while you are away. Consider the effort of moving and the little space you will probably have in your home. Minimal living and design is most likely the way forward. If you have belongings that can’t be left at home but have sentimental value, you could leave them in a London Storage unit. These are affordable, will mean that you have easy access to your belongings when you need them and will declutter your personal living space.

Holidays

Many students return home for the holidays. Easter, Christmas and summer break. Who can blame them? It’s a getaway from university life and responsibilities. But think of the extortionate amounts of rent you’re paying while you’re away. A resolution to this could be subletting your room. This could help you save money that would otherwise be thrown down the drain. Just remember to check that this is allowed in your tenancy agreement.

Gordon’s Great Escape Book Review

My nephew loves nothing more than myself, or my mum and dad reading him a bedside story every night.

When I was contacted and offered a book to review that wasn’t even released yet I immediately said yes.

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My nephew Jack has got another book from this collection called “Barry the fish with fingers” which he loves, so this book was an exciting addition to his ever growing collection.

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He is happy just sitting and reading by himself or reading to us if we ask.

The book contains lots of bright colourful pictures so is great for kids learning.

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The book is ages 3+ so maybe was a little on the easy side but he loved reading it and loves that sort of genre of book.  Would recommend this book to parents and kids.

You can purchase this book following it been published on the 20th October 2016. Gordon great escape or pre-order yours from amazon here

* We were sent this book free of charge for the purpose of the review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.